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Gouden Carolus Classic | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in its own glass.

A: Pours a dark amber nutty clear color. Forms a small yellow head. Not many lacings left

S: Smell is very sweet like a Belgian beer should be. Candy sugar, sweet grains. Very fruity easters, dark fruits mainly. Alcohol

T: Follows the nose, a sweet Belgian style beer. Sweet candy upfront, sweet malts. Very bready. Mild earthy bitterness

M: Heavy creamy molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet candy upfront and mild earthy bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. A little bit overwhelming alcohol in the nose but still a great beer

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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pours dark Brown in color with light beige, creamy, lasting crown. Hints of nutmeg liquor, toasted malts, slightly sugary fragancy & yeast to the nose. Sweet toasted malty upfront. Gentle sugary mouthfeel, ripe & dried fruit – dates & raisins- flavors. No hops. Lingers creamy with kind warming ABV. Full body, soft carbonation. Wow!!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my tulip glass....comes out hazy and a milk chocolate brown in color....hard to say what the carbonation is like with this one. The head is a tan color, about two fingers thick at first and has decent retention, eventually settling down to a thick film. Lacing is excellent, with lots of sticky foam clinging to the glass. A nice looking brew!

S- This is quite malty in the aroma, and there is hints of dark, along with tropical fruits, such as raisin, banana, prune etc. There are some hints of various spices including clove and black pepper. The alcohol is hidden quite well, with just a mild whiff noted.

T- Well the alcoholic punch definitely shows up on the palate and takes a couple of sips to get used to. There is malt and toffee sweetness, which is countered by syrupy overripe fruit, along with spicy notes and an earthy dry-ish finish....going back into this after it's warmed up a couple degrees, there is some milk chocolate flavor in this as well. Quite nice and well balanced!

M- Solid medium body and rich smooth carbonation really makes this a delight to sip on. The flavors really are alive on the palate!

O- I find this to be really easy drinking in general, especially once the alcohol mellows. Lots of flavor, and balanced well between sweet and dry, this one isn't a beer that one wants to chug, per se, but this deserves to be enjoyed....it changes slightly as it warms, but keeps you feeling cozy. I recommend this brew for sure and will seek it out in the future!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle into a Duvel tulip. A jaw-droppingly beautiful clear, dark mahogany color with a nice 2-finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Getting some of the classic raisin-like dark fruit notes on the nose. Also getting some cherry-like notes. Overall, the nose is too faint to be memorable.

The beer is medium-bodied with a firm, yet lively mouthfeel (from carbonation) and the flavor is primarily sweet and fruity. The taste follows the nose quite well. Sweet, jammy, fruity notes on the front of the palate are joined by nice carbonation that opens things up as the flavors get just a bit tart. I could spend 30 minutes trying to pick out all the different fruit flavors that are there. On the finish, there's a nice lingering alcohol warmth.

Nice beer. Those Belgians really know how to produce dark, fruity beers like this.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark amber pour with a large tan head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving decent lashes of lacing all over the glass.

S: Raisins, fig, caramel, and a bit of banana. A bit spicy too.

T: Lots of caramel malt with fig and toffee. Raisins, apples and a bit of molasses follow in the middle. Spicy aftertaste with maybe some black pepper. Maybe hints of brown sugar in there? Nice balance of flavors. Touch dry in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: A smooth and well balanced malty BSDA. A little sweet but not overly so. Easy drinking.

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Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 893 ratings
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